” Little Tibet “

( It is an audio blog ; to let those experience words who have mastered the art of hearing. Link – https://soundcloud.com/mataktibum/little-tibet  )

 

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When you bunk a day with your best mate, then that day surely becomes a memorable day. On June 29,2017 all of the sudden I decided to visit “Little Tibet” in Delhi, famously known as “Majnu kaTilla”.

What’s special there?

  • – A different culture to experience.
  • – Shopping
  • – Tibetan Food.
  • – Photographic elements.
  • – Peace at monastery.

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How to reach?

Metro is the best mode of transportation to reach here. Get down at Vidhan Sabha metro station then take rickshaw or e-rickshaw for Rs.20 for two people till the foot over bridge connecting to Tibet monastery.

I had only one hour to do quick ‘snap and roam’.So, I entered from the main monastery gate , though thought of capturing a lot of things but I did not as sometimes you just need to enjoy atmosphere.

There ,I tried “Lhaphing” urf cold noodles .Actually available at many small stalls and shops there.

It is a very yummy Tibetan street food. Available in two varieties that is dry or soup dishes of it. The price varies from Rs.20 to Rs.30.

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The scent snake had started attacking my nostrils hard; simultaneously was activating my taste buds too. I headed to Tee-Dee, favourite spot since 2011.

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Ordered fruit beer, tingmo (Tibetan bread) and Tee-Dee special non-veg beef choupsey. Well, at the end it was the time to score food. Tingmo is a round traditional bread was soft and was moist as apt hence 9/10.This time the choupsey was low on quality and taste hence I would give 6/10.The total bill was of Rs.270.

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While crossing lanes and observing things I landed up in a garden full of tibetan prayer flags.It was all colourful. You all must have guessed now, that I took quite many pictures there.

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To go back to the metro station, you can find many autos ( for Rs.30) and rickshaws for ( for Rs.20/2 persons) and e-Rickshaws ( for Rs.10/person) .

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My quick ‘Snap and Roam’ time ended up soon …. ❤

 

 

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My fable of Rajasthan foray

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Sunset at dunes , pc – Shilpa Sharma 

We were running, we were running with high hopes to catch the train to the Jaisalmer, which was about to leave from the platform no 9 at 5:35 pm.Still, I along with two friends were waiting outside the Purani Delhi railway station main entrance. Our hearts were throbbing as fast as it was just 5 minutes to train to depart. Eventually, rest two people arrived with their heavy luggage. Then we turned on our Bollywood scene of Jab we met where we started running towards the platform to catch train .

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Purani Delhi Railway Station 

The planning for this trip had started a month back while I was having conversation with my best one .where she shared her desire to see desert in 2017. I had started research to make her wish perfect and memorable. I pitched location pins at two places that are Jaisalmer and Jaipur.

Along with me and my chum, other four people had wanted to be the part of this experience. As they all were working professionals and according to their wish-list, I had to design an itinerary of three days with a twist of having all important locations covered with a tinge of unexplored ones.

We boarded train and it was 18 hrs long journey to Jaisalmer from Delhi. We shared our seats with some of the local passengers, we struggled to even step out of our berth to the toilet as till the Rewari the plight of train was so pathetic still we were enjoying every bit of it because we don’t see these activities daily.

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                                     Rajiya gundo meh phas gayi, inside train scene 

Early morning, I felt air whispering in my ear. I felt my chum cuddling me with true cheer. A layer of dust had made a natural cape around me.

The series of colourful turbans and fluorescent dupattas had started appearing at local station hence it took me half a second to confirm that yes we have reached the core of Rajasthan.

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The live play of turbans and colourful dupattas 

We were late by 1 hour. The moment, we stepped down the train on the platform and the first reaction of my trip-mates– “God it’s so hot”.

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Reaction shot of three musketeers at Jaisalmer railway station 

It was really hot even in the month of February where Delhi was just bidding adieu to winter. We reached there around 12:30 pm.

We started looking for autowalas and cab walas outside the station for roaming a bit around and to reach Desert camp. According to the itinerary, we saw Mandir Palace and Kuldhara on the way. To give it more regional touch; do not forget to say Kuldhara not Kul-dhara. Finally got a cab for Rs.1100 which was completely fine as it had included,

  • Mandir Palace
  • Halt at dhabba
  • Kuldhara – the empty village
  • Halt at Windmill farm
  • 40km Highway drive to desert camp

For Rs.1100 we booked Bolero for 6 people. Hence do not forget to bargain. Moreover, feel free to keep your inexpensive and heavy luggage inside the cab, while roaming around.

Experience at Mandir Palace

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 Mandir Palace , Jaisalmer city 

The moment you will enter inside the palace premises, first thing you will spot buffaloes munching husk and a lot of their dung. After paying Rs.80/person for tickets and Rs. 30 for either one camera or phone camera, we entered the main area.

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Mandir Palace , entrance 

The whole palace is a Heritage hotel cum museum where visitors have access only to the museum and one mandir inside.

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  Museum at Mandir palace 

It is worth a visit for once if you are fond of seeing the lifestyle of Maharajas and Maharani in old days.

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One section where I spotted old cameras like twin lens reflex and Kodascope kind of allured me a lot.

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We chose a dhabba very next to the Mandir palace to save time to roam rest. We ordered Idli Sambar, Kadi Chawal, Lassi, Veg-thali and the bill came out to be something like Rs.600. The food was below average but was good enough to fill our stomach.

Experience at Kuldhara

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Kuldhara, Jaisalmer 

Next place to spot on was The Kuldhara- empty village. It is 17km west of Jaisalmer. We paid Rs. 110 for the entry of vehicle inside. It was a stretch of 1-1.5km to reach the exact village from the toll booth.

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I had heard a lot of stories about this place. According to the people this village had been emptied 200 years ago by a community of Paliwal Brahmin as the king had fallen in love with the beauty of the Panchayats head’s daughter.  Secretly, the people on Amavasya night left this village. Before leaving this village, they had cursed this place as no one in the future will be able to settle this village. Kuldhara today is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India as a heritage site. People there have reported of hearing random screeching sound in the night hence they do close door of this place after the sunset. Still it has got the title of Ghost village in Jaisalmer.

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The analysis, I had done before visiting is (as I had to see the safety of all, before putting this place in the list) – The Kuldhara perfectly represent how the people in Jaisalmer especially Brahmins in JSM used to stay. This place symbolises their lifestyle, their quandary at that time. Recent studies by a group of geologists have proved that this place had been adversely affected by a strong earthquake which left the mud houses broken and unrecoverable. The terror had completely engulfed those who were staying here.

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For more info please read

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/haunted-kuldhara-destroyed-by-earthquake-not-abandoned-study/articleshow/56880680.cms

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/decoded-why-people-fled-Jaisalmer-s-ghost-villages-200-years-ago/story-MRn8JcNQcIb9BClu0pZp1O.html

Moreover, I noticed the activities of few youngsters there, which includes drinking alcohol at the corner of destroyed part and puffing drugs.

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Hence one could easily guess the logic behind screeching sound and obviously who can stop animals to play with their voices in the night?

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On the way, we asked to stop the cab to capture few images with windmills as I was travelling with all bouncing buns.

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Be careful while capturing as on highway it is hard for the people to stop vehicle from 90 to 0 km/hr, all of the sudden.

We checked-in to desert tents around 3:30pm. The first expression I got from the girls who were travelling with me was- wow! It is going to be awesome.

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We had booked a package of Tent stay, Camel safari, Sunset at Dunes, Jeep ride, Rajasthani dinner, folk music and DJ night.

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 Camel Safari at Thar desert 

Around 5pm in the evening, we started our camel safari to watch sunset from Thar Desert sand dunes. This was around 2km far from the tents. It was a great fun riding camel, the fun begins when camel starts running fast to reach highest point of sand dune. Later, camel charmer asked us to give money for camel’s jaggery. Which is completely your wish whether you want to give it or not.  Later we had Trolley ride around the dunes for Rs.300 for 6 persons. You can bargain it up to Rs.10 per person. On the way coming back, we got gypsy to ride on.

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Trolley ride at Thar desert 

The cultural programme started around 7pm in the evening, where folk dancers were performing with a lot of charm or sensitivity and surely projecting best of their culture. Nowadays, I have noticed these dancers have attained a new form of dangerous act in their performance to attract more audience and to get money as a praising gift.

Like they perform holding needle with their eye lashes, using eye lashes to pull up blade. I personally do not support this and I request all to not support. Real traditional dance is more magnificent then these acts. We were served a plate of besan pakoras along with a cup of a tea while watching the performances.

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Meanwhile they had started serving Dinner at a dinner hall. We all decided to dance on DJ music rather. It was indeed a great night for us. Around 10:00pm we girls had our dinner after dancing. We had ker sangri, gatte ki sabzi, bajre ki roti, papad, paneer ki sabzi, salad, dal – baati, churma.

We gazed at stars for an hour, from sitting space just outside our tent.

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Who says- women are boring after certain age? Well, it is completely a false and baseless dictum because we all witnessed the each other’s crazy side though men were not allowed to hop in as they were busy snoring and coughing from the tent next to us.  We went to sleep around 3am in the night.

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Sorry for creased bed sheet 😀

I would personally suggest all those who are planning to explore Jaisalmer to not forget to stay at Desert Camps. For instance I was staying in Limra desert camp. This provides quality services from food till the stay. Even in an arena where finding water or any essentials is far difficult where these people will certainly help you in.

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 A photo with staffs of Limra desert camp

The staffs were very generous and friendly. Moreover, the tariff is perfectly in budget.

Next morning, according the plan we had to head towards Jaisalmer fort where we covered

  • Patwaon ki Haveli
  • Raja Ka Mahal
  • Streets and Shopping inside fort

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Juxtaposition of culture and history by Jitu Kashmira 

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  Front view of Golden fort 

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Raja Ka mahal 

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Shopping at jaisalmer street 

After getting tired from the vigorous explore and pose. We started searching for a new spree that is “Finding amazing food”. Finally, we crashed ourselves to a very nice looking roof top restaurant “Café Plus” (though they have the option to sit at ground floor also).

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Ambience wise it was so calm and it was very modernly adorned with junks.  They have very nice option of sitting on floor and on the concrete benches.  There we ordered Lemon soda, Coffee lassi, and sweet lassi and in food we ordered Veg noodles, fried rice and manchurian, Aalu Gobhi and naan, and some mix veg. The food was pretty good but I would not suggest having any beverages there. The moment I ordered Lemon soda they literally kept lemon juice and soda bottle in front of me.  My one trip-mate corrected it.

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             Corrected one 

We were enough charged to wander around to catch one vehicle to railway station as it was hardly 1.5 km from the Cafe plus. We got auto for Rs.50. We had train to catch at 5:30 pm to start another chapter of Rajasthan trip that is to Jaipur.

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Do not forget to have enough water along with you in the train as finding water later especially in the night would be difficult.

We reached Jaipur at 4:30 am, unfortunately we had not book a hotel for us as it was mentioned by the mates to not book it. Hence we suffered a bit. Whereas, we were 5 in totals so we thought of taking risk by asking cab people to take us to any budget hotel.  Finally we got a budget hotel named Hotel Hindustani near Railway station it had sufficient space and beds for us.  They had provided us sufficient number of Washrooms and Toilets to freshen up.  After resting a bit, we ordered breakfast at hotel only. We commenced our journey to roam here and there.

The trip-mates, had wanted to spend much time in shopping rather visiting monuments.  Hence I had kept my list so quick and small. That is,

  • Nahargarh fort
  • Street food explore
  • Jal Mahal
  • Hawa Mahal
  • Bapu Market
  • Dinner

Cab to Nahargarh charged us Rs.310 according to Ola.

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Later, in return we booked an auto for 5 people in Rs.200.

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The whole way is full of twists and turns; hence it was road adventure for most of us.

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After reaching Jal mahal, we started craving for street food as all the hawkers had crafted and adorned their stalls so beautiful.

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We ate Burger, Bhel puri, raw coconut water, Jal jeera. The food was OK not that good. This time, I spotted few men around who were into teasing girls there and commenting. Moreover they were capturing them secretly. I request all of you, if in case you will face any one teasing or seeing you inappropriately please do confront and raise your voice.  From there, we headed towards Bapu market and for that we got an auto for Rs. 100.

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We had needed more power to be on shopping coaster. So, we had sugarcane juice for Rs.10 each glass.  The view of the market was surely quirky and beautiful as always. My mates purchased a lot from there like Cotton Kurte, Show pieces, Lord Ganesha, door hanging Trinkets.  We also had famous ice cream Sunday according to the list ‘traffic sundae’ for Rs.40 at Bijwasi.

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For dinner we landed to “Thaliwala” near Jaipur Bus depot. We had Paneer Lababdar and Roti, sweet lassi.  Though they had cooked Lababdar more of like paneer butter masala.  Hence, It is a big no if you are a great foodie and in search of real taste and flavors.  For group of 5 people it cost Rs.612.

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Though the travel in the metro is so common in Metropolitan cities in India but it’s completely a different experience state wise. We travelled in Jaipur Metro from Bus depot to Railway Station. The information we collected is

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  • The last train is available at 9:30 pm
  • They are running metro at the loss of Rs.10 Lakh/day.
  • Limited to only 6 stations.

After roaming a lot and covering most of the distance on foot, had left us so tired. Hence the moment we crashed in the hotel room, we all slept. We all woke up just 10 minutes before to 1 am. Ergo we had to rush. The amazing journey had come to halt as we had our train to catch at 1:00 pm in the night from Jaipur railway station.  After travelling 6 hours in train we reached Purani Delhi from where we started our journey.  This trip was very important for me and surely it has helped me to gain more confidence. Now, I can take my travel buds along with me to explore this beautiful globe for sure.

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Trip to Dosa-Land : Bangalore

It was so early around 3:30am, for a normal human being to wake up and to catch a flight to Dosa-land.  Me and my friend eventually, succeeded in getting our wandering ardor to taken inside aero plane.

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I love capturing clouds

With all those women-centric conversations we fluttered towards our journey to Bangalore. The jaunt became more comfortable and exciting when you find a blunt creature to chat with same as like yourself , which happened with me. This time we decided to try food in flying craft, though I am not that huge fan of flight food. This time we ordered vegetarian food and got fruit’s pieces, cutlet, vermicelli poha and sambar and my favourite was sweet bun, enough for a less eating varmint like me.

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Vistara Airways : morning breakfast

The journey finally got completed in 2 hr 30 min and tadaa!!!! We landed in to the first guise of Bangalore.

It’s always better to book a cab afore or on the spot by opting airport cab or from apps (you might find difficult if you have slow internet connection), if you have enough money in your wallet as from airport to the main city, minimum charges that one can assume is of Rs.500. In total it took 2 hours to reach to the main city because of the traffic, Hence it’s better to call Bangalore a “traffic paradise”.

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first glance of Bangalore City from the cab

I had very less on my “see and do” list, this time as I was there only for 4 days. On the very first day I thought of exploring local arenas and I ended up in exploring Indranagar food stalls. I tried pineapple juice there (a big no, never try having fresh juice in Bangalore as they do charge double and moreover it comes out tasteless) and momos ,

for that I would give 4.5 stars out of 5. So it’s a must try!!

Finding auto and asking for bargain is something which every north Indians will face certain problem in. This is not the first time for me, I had been to dosa-land before also but I never understood this state wise discrimination. So it’s better to opt for ola-moto or uber pooling and not to forget umbrella all the time as there is no fixed time of drizzle and scorching heat show.  As being a momos fan I tried momos in HSR layout also which came out to be good enough for my satiatory glands.  Very next day me and my friend been to Christ university, famous in Bangalore to try canteen food and amazingly we got opportunity. We tried Mysore masala dosa just for 30 bucks and it was the yummiest of all in this range.  We tried lemonade for Rs.15 it was also okish.

Third day me and few more of my friends decided to roam around in Bangalore, the list had included

  • Cubbon Park
  • Bangalore Aquarium / government aquarium
  • G Road
  • Brigade Road
  • Forum Mall
  • To hit famous food joints

Bangalore Aquarium / government aquarium

It is inside the fence of Cubbon Park. The aquarium is administered by the Karnataka State Government Department of Fisheries.

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For once it’s good to visit and it hardly affects the pocket of any.

Cubbon Park

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wildlife fun 

The Cubbon Park, this place is in the heart of city opposite to M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. To reach here, it’s better to opt for cab. I would not go in depth of history and infrastructure but it’s a must visit as this place allows you to explore the calm side of busy lanes.

My steps to this park was like unfolding nature because at the very starting I found few eating joints inside the park later the way inside to the stagnant water is little captivating as you will find yourself lost in the world of bamboo trees and this was the only part of this park I liked the most.

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Stinky water boating

They will charge you Rs.10 for entry to the park and Rs 20 for the boating. Well I would not prefer to go for boating. The whole water is more of like a home for algae and your nostril will faint for sure for a while. Unfortunately the rain had deferred our trip for around 3 hours. If you will also face any natural shower then having some snacks at park government canteen would not be a bad option.

 

Best of all try filtered coffee for Rs.15, Plain Dosa for Rs.40, and Cotton Candy for Rs.20 (I am sure a big smile will come on the face of cotton candy lover).

Love for cotton candy 😋 #mataktibum #cottoncandy #pink #cubbonpark #banglorediaries #india #yum

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M.G Road and Brigade Road

These roads are famous for many fine dining restaurants and brand shopping. Going to Brigade road is good if you will go in the evening as you will see much street lights hence it is compared to Las Vegas and also named as “Vegas of Bangalore”. M.G Road is good for shopping and for food. If you have enough money in your savings bin they head towards “The Tao Terraces”, the nice ambience and food for sure will treat your mind and tongue so wondrously for sure, respectively.

Forum Mall

Much hyped place for sure as you will not find it different than any other mall but yes it’s a ‘nain-mataka’ place for youngsters. So, If you believe in Love at first sight and mad for pouty pics to upload on Facebook/insta then do visit for sure.  With the help of my Bangalorian friend, we headed towards Kormangla and decided to have Hyderbadi briyani from “Spice Hyderabad” restaurant which had cost Rs. 500 for Boneless Hyderbadi Chicken Biryani.

Third Day, I decided to go to Nandi Hills to see all lofty beauty of Bangalore from the top. It is a must to visit place.

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on the way to Nandi hills

To reach here , one has to pay Rs.10 as entry charges and Rs.50 as DSLR / cam charges.  To see the beauty of this brown giant rink one should reach here before sunrise this is what had been told to me, but it’s OK if you will reach afterwards also.

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on the way back from Nandi hills

The beauty and the calmness will remain the same. To reach here it’s better to have own convince then relying on rest.  It is at the distance of 60 km from the Bangalore city.

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lovely nature at Nandi Hills

This place is perfect getaway on weekends to have some relaxing bones and perfect DP places. I had started jumping off like an immature bee,

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My favourite “tree houses”

the moment I saw many tree houses unfortunately most of them were ruined.

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famous for downhill cycling 

Monkeys here are trained enough to do any hominid activity like snatching lays packet and having some bit of it with slice in one hand.

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view of some rural areas from Nandi top

Must to carry:

  • Warm clothes as early morning it little chilly
  • Sport or hiking shoes
  • Water and munchies (be aware of monkeys around)

On fourth day, we decided to head towards Kormangla to explore various cafes and food joints. My series of searching cafe ended at newly open “Cafe Medley” to have nice conversation with friends staying at Bangalore. We had ordered Veg-Lasagnas, veg-pizza, peach flavoured ice –tea (must), strawberry kissed banana smoothie and grilled sandwiches. We all 4 ended up paying some amount of Rs.1000 for all these.

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pic courtesy: Zomato

This place is perfect for quick meetings and in budget restaurants moreover offers a perfect colourful space and bamboo swings to relax .

Keep this in your Must visit Rota.In return I opted for train.

 

60 ft road 😍 #mataktibum #kormangla #banglorediaries #travelindia #lovingit

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Here I ended my quick hippie-trippy junket to Dosa –Land. Will be updating more  on the nook and corners of  Bangalore, soon. Till then keep craving for more.

Time to say bye bye!!!… 🙋 #mataktibum #banglorediaries #instamoment #awesometrip

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The Jodhpur: the Histro-cultural land

In search of finding blue, I found myself lost in this histro-cultural land

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The research had started a way before and bag packs were already packed a week afore with a list of to-do things in my travel diary. I had to choose very keenly, what to see, what not to as unfortunately I had only one and the half days to explore this culturally rich city.

I took Mandore express to reach Jodhpur from Purani Delhi railway station at 9:15pm, on Friday night.Find the pic here  .

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It took 9 hours to reach there. Around 4am, I felt strong chilled gust hitting my epidermal and Goosebumps worked as an alarm clock. I woke up to see out of the window to find the reason behind this amusing chilliness and I found small sand dunes all around with the green patches of thorny shrubs all over it. On the same note do not forget to carry thin woollen robe if you travelling by sleeper class or general.

The moment I stepped down from the train, the strong rays of rising sun hit my cornea.

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After clicking a bit here and there at station I headed towards hotel and my whole way to the hotel  I felt that its replica of Bhuj.  (http://www.caleidoscope.in/offbeat-travel/bhuj)

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The whole area was dry and most of the women were wearing red dupattas and most of the men there were in bright coloured turban and dhoti, but if you are fond of culture, tradition and architecture then you will fall in love with this city at a very first glance.

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With an itch of not wasting my whole day lying like a royal bee, I had first place to hit on that was the “Umaid Bhavan Palace”.

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Finding auto or local transport could be difficult for novices, though you can opt for lift but little scary to do that. Ola cabs are so frequently available there but keep GPS active on your multimedia box i.e. mobile. Fortunately in scorching heat I got an auto which took me to the palace and charged Rs.180.

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The whole way I was amazed to see all twists and turns of grey path to the palace, I know most of you will fall in love with same.

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After reaching on the top of this imperial settlement, I paid Rs.30 as an entrance fee to the museum no charges for the still camera.

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The museum shows the royal life in modern era with well conserve royal stances even from the basic to the high rendition like dining table, imported culinary, carpets, dresses and you will feel proud the moment you will see the achievements of great majesties of Jodhpur.

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They have got luxurious hotel rooms also to stay which is kind of impossible to see for common public as it highly chargeable and allowed to enter without prior booking. Do not forget to visit “Vintage Car Museum”. This place I would say 5 out 5, hence must visit. Perfect place for “DP ke liye photo” and to consider yourself as a part of royal world for a while.

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After wards I headed towards the “The Nai Sarak”, kind of heaven for shopaholic and foodies.

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One can find amazing leather work there. Various quirky bags, sling bags, mojaris (traditional shoes), yummy eateries.

So, must to-do list there?

  • Try “Makhaniya Lassi” for sure from Janta sweet Home which is at a very starting of the market, costs Rs.40 each (available in Rs.30 also).

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  • Leather bags ( do not forget to bargain as it’s not camel’s leather which they assure, moreover do not buy any animal skin product)
  • Try Lahsunia Bonda
  • Bhel-puri and Sev puri of Janta Sweet home is also must to try, costs Rs.40 each.
  • Jodhpuri Jutis alias Mojaris

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  • Buy Sangri and Jodhpuri Mirch
  • Try Mirch vada
  • Buy Sangri and Ker pickle
  • Jodhpuri crepe fabric made saari or dupattas (from handlooms).

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After that heads towards the “Sardar Market Cirdikot”, it’s a place where Clock towers has been placed like a mounted guard to keep Jodhpuris on punctual track.

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This place is under the regal provinces too as from the top of the fort one can easily see the all activities happening inside this royal fence. This place allows localite to showcase their culture and tradition to the tourists or travelers.

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Must to do list here

  • Buy Jhumkas (for Rs.100)
  • Buy Jodhpuri Bangles (Rs. 150-200)

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  • Be aware of hooligans
  • Do not forget to click (panorama) market and clock tower.

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Fortunately, in the evening I got the opportunity to attend one Jodhpur marriage which allowed me to experiment and explore with the local food and tradition. Gatte Ki Sabzi, Ker Sangri Sabzi (also known as Pachkutaa), Kaju Draksh ki Sabji, Traditional Kadhi, Gulab Jamun ki Sabzi, Saiv Tamatar ki Sabji, Lasan Ki Chutney, Besan barfi and much more. Moreover, I tried to be a quirky turban women like rest of the people there.

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You can also opt for visiting Bishnoi village and you can have the true vegetarian Jodhpuri food, though it will be a time taking process to satisfy the taste buds.

On second day, the sun was putting all heating blaze on our skin so do not forget to keep full sleeves clothes and a sun block.With few friends of mine, we headed towards a Dhabba (eating joint) to have breakfast.

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We all decided to try Jodhpuri Aalu ka Paratha, after 20 minutes of ‘starving and carving’ halt the parathas arrived and most of us were yanked to see the way they had made it. It was fried paratha and for about 15 minutes I struggled to get all oil soaked inside the tissue paper. Tasting the first bite of aalu paratha allowed my taste buds to expand as it was surely a yum treat for them though it was spicy but unforgettable till now.

We all landed up to see “Mehrangarh Fort” and “Jaswant Thada”.

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The history and culture have always allured me hence the fort was quiet humongous and magnificent at the first gaze. As an entrance charge, I end up paying Rs 60 plus Rs.100 for still camera. This place is perfect for a history lover and culture enthusiasts and architecture lover, might be heaven for some.

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All those Jharokhas and mirror palace reminded me of “Baji Rao Mastani” so do not forget to pose like a Princess.

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The best part of this fort is that they have categorized everything so well like they have cradle palace alias Palki Khana,

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entertainment yard where I met 97 years old personality , he is so good in demonstrating afeem and Hookah, moreover he poses when camera clicks.

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The stairs and the huge edifice structure were so beautiful. In only this part of fort and nearby area you will find blue coloured streets and houses so in tot you might not call Jodhpur, The blue city.

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To see all with much of interest and clicking you need at least 3 hours and do not forget to carry water with glucon D.

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“Csowkalao Mehal Terrace Restaurant”, do not forget to visit this place as sitting here and having glimpse of the fort is something you don’t want to miss for sure, though might be expensive for the pockets of some.

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We had to kind of rush as we had train to catch at 6:15pm towards Delhi.

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Do not forget to click Jodhpur Railway station because it completely embodies the state crowned heads and till now the phases of Jodhpur is still breathing in my travelling beam.

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“Ludhiana”-the city of mills

My mind was utterly tensed and brain was grinding itself to pour down all the stress juice in my agitation bowl then all of the sudden DHEA walloped its gear in action and got an idea to travel solo to the nearest place which is kind of unexplored theoretically 😀 and I landed up on the city of mills – “Ludhiana” . Ludhiana is a city in Punjab state and is the largest city in the state. I had only one and the half day to explore as I decided to move ahead to appease my mind.

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I started my journey late night around 11 pm from kashmiri gate state bus terminal, New Delhi. The fast moving vehicles and jalopies, those striking red, yellow lights on cornea was creating an ecstasy of next day and all the surprises which god had decided to yank me up with.  And all of the sudden the turban man ( sardar driver ji) started playing Punjabi songs to the highest decibel and I felt like a heroine of that movie scene where a girl fantasize and some slow songs plays in the background and all of the sudden mum shouts “Raniiiiii… Paani le aana”. And all dream come to a halt.

I stepped down from the bus at around 5am in the morning, checked in to hotel and thought of taking rest as the journey was kind of bouncy and chipper. Sigh! Before reaching Ludhiana, I had done a lot research but I could not find any valuable articles or blogs per se. I got little reliable information from the Punjab tourism website and little more from the local people and the hotel owner and ergo I decided to roam a bit to provide relevant and factual information.

I decided to go to see the “Lodhi Fort”, which is also being famous by an area around it – “Quilla Mohalla” where Quilla means “Fort” and mohalla means “an area of town”. For that I took sharing auto from samrala chowk to jalandar bypass and from there I took second sharing auto to Quilla Mohalla .

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The best part of travelling in sharing auto in Ludhiana is that they do charge Rs. 10 for any location you want to travel in ( places  option given by autowalas). Always do ask anything to traffic police not from the strangers on road , asking nearby shops or info desk are also in option rota as people in Ludhiana I found little stereotype (especially men and women are not way behind to insult a creature of same gender) and boys might start following you.

For girls if you are wearing anything cleavage showing or anything above knee and moreover you are pretty so be strong and blunt. Roam anywhere you want but be attentive as people won’t spare to have a glance of your skin. So I would call it “stereotyping turbans”. You may found 2 men out of 10 in support of you or can say to protect you. So, do not hesitate to ask for help if needed.

I reached “Lodhi fort” after asking several people and was aghast to see the plea of the fort as it was mentioned in tourism website as recommended monument.

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I faltered for a while as Ludhiana boys were having smack and commenting vulgar, but I ignored and stepped ahead as I had completely different image of this beautiful fort and Ludhianvies. 

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Though the place was calm and ruined but people there aren’t trust worthy and they will surely try to fool you.

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I would recommend everyone to please visit this aloof arena and create much buzz so that Punjab tourism will take much care of this beautiful place. Do give your feedback concerning the same on Punjab tourism website. #protectmonument

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I made several friends there who were good enough to have word with and to share the science of epistemology , which includes the young boy in sky blue turban named as “Mr. Sukhi Singh”, he introduced himself as The President of the Women College located in the premises of the fort and another boy in royal blue turban , introduced himself as “Gagandeep Singh” , actually both helped me a lot to accompany me to roam around the fort and to introduce nook and corner info about the same. 

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(Mr.Sukhi the second person from the left , president of girls college (helped me). orange shirt an invader and teaser , extreme right is about to be president (helped me)

Few years back, Punjab government has converted this fort into a women college and mordantly, this place only has not have any protection for women.

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(water storage tank for the kingdom)

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(scrap to tools making bhatti, with help of hammering)

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(Maharajah’s Kitchen)

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(Advance tools making machines)

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(secret way to secret outing)

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Must to have while visiting this place:

  • Water
  • Glucon’D
  • Safety object like- pepper spray, knife and if karate queen then that’s awesome
  • Clothes – wear cotton and comfortable clothes
  • Avoid carrying expensive stuffs
  • Keep police and known number on speed dial

I had heard a lot about “Rakh Bagh”, so I decided to head towards that also which again was disappointing. Things were not well maintained. You can hop on to the small miniature moving rail which does operate inside the park only to entertain little bees. Visiting once recommended.

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In the evening I entered the “Punjab Agriculture university” where I found calmness and empty roads.

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Entering the university is not that way easy but you can opt for entering from second gate rather the main gate which is 10min far fromlater.

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Next day I tripped to RDB fort or Sarai Lashkari Khan also known as Doraha fort as it is located at Doraha in Ludhiana, around 60km. Where “Rang de basanti” had also got shoot in. To reach here you can take buses till “Shri Manji Sahib Gurudwara” from Ludhiana bus terminal and at the back of this religious gram you will find this fort. 

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It was fun to been there but unfortunately could not explore much as it is on renovation spree.

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It is a Great location for photo shoots also.

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When it comes to yummy tummy I tried Punjabi “Aalu paratha with butter” and cream full curd.

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Pensively, the call back alarm rung up and I got ticket of a late night train at 1:05am from Ludhiana junction, which reached Delhi junction at 6:38am in the morning.

Still much to explore in Ludhiana which I might write on it soon. 🙂

 

 

 

Trip to the city of weeds- “Jangladesh”

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Bikaner is a place, enough to capture your heart to let it flow in the gasp of desert.The largest fifth city of Rajasthan- “Bikaner” alias “Jangladesh”. This amazing hot place is located in the middle of the Thar desert and its hotness is enough to make you look alike bournville chocolate.

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This picture, I consider as one of the best click from my ‘travel pyxis’. I got the nice opportunity to capture these posers (camel) on the way to Bikaner. Asia’s largest camel farm is in Bikaner, though I did not go to the exact location rather I found the whole herd of camels on the way.The candor and unity in survival either with animals or with humans are so clear in this picture.

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In my supposition, the word “road trip” is like “glucon D” for a travel obsessed creature and ergo the same happened with me I got full charged up like my camera battery. These picture tells a lot about ‘life in Bikaner’.

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The memory attached with this picture makes me fall in love with Rajasthan again and again.

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Those imagined glances of Bikaner start appearing in front of my rapacious eyes.

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Those colorful markets, heritage buildings, desert, freedom, camels aint these words add more excitement? Well for me it’s enough to make me a bouncing ball with the eye of lens.

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Curtain of grey covering pain of these femmes

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Curtain of joy covering the skin which has got destroy. Women are always being kept inside the fence of perplexion especially in our nation. I always wonder why always women have to follow the code of behavior and etiquettes which our society has made for us. Why culture is served as a “main course”?

These pictures I had captured when I been to a “Birhor tribal area” in Jharkhand.

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I must agree on this adage that – “if you want to see the relation of human and nature, be a tribe”. The amiable nature they showed is indeed appreciable though I was afraid as I had heard a lot about their hunting skills. Those funny conversation and sarcastic ping I still remember when a group of women of the tribe said- “we love our culture and we love adorning our self, culture we follow not let it to hover over us as a Hitler-craft”.

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The head of the tribe gave some bucket full of interrogative words- why urban humans are attacking absolute being (the creator of life). Their motto of life is so true and simple – “be simple, eat simple and live life long”.